“Grief is what we are left with.”

I consider it one of the greatest blessings of my work and my life to have conversations like this one. To have in front of me inspiration, and strength and a poetic, magical way of communicating, is an endless gift. In this conversation with Jana Buhlmann, we explore her sweet grief, Medically Assistance in Dying (MAID), and the gifts that lie in the question of what is left after people we love die. It is one of my Top 5 Conversations of all time, and I hope you’ll enjoy it, too.

A bit about Jana:

Jana Buhlmann is a mother, a writer, a village member.  She earns her living as a bureaucrat, so that she may direct her attention to community.  She is passionate about process, community gardening, participatory medicine, flamenco, and her iPhone camera.   In the last year she moved to New Westminster, BC, and is enjoying saying hello to people on the street and watching the working river.  In September of 2017, Jana supported her husband in his medically assisted death.  Her blog tells the stories of her heart. 

In our interview, Jana mentions several great resources to learn about MAID and supporting a loved one who is living with cancer:

Dying with Dignity Canada

Bridge C14

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

I invite you to reach out to Jana on Instagram, where she is @baldgrrl or through her blog (link above)

Photo credit: @dayna_foto

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One Comment

  1. Maggie McKee

    My dear brother choose MAID on his 73rd birthday, August 15, 2017. I am so grateful that I was able to be with him during the procedure. It was definitely surreal and strangely peaceful. He was surrounded by family which a great support for him and for all of us. I really appreciated Jana’s sharing. How wonderful that Canada has legalized this procedure.
    Maggie McKee
    Vancouver.

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